Home Protection Plan Companies Assist with Independent Living

Posted: September 19, 2018
Tagged As: Municipal Infrastructure, Sewer & Water Line Warranty

According to AARP's Aging Readiness and Competitiveness (ARC) Report, in 2015, for the first time, Canadians age 65 and older outnumbered those younger than 15. A growing trend for this population is “aging in place,” where more than 92 percent of those aged 65 and older live in private households rather than in collective dwellings such as nursing homes.

Further, a group of Georgia Institute of technology researchers conducted a comprehensive study of how aging affects one’s ability to perform home maintenance tasks. This study explored the issues that older adults have with maintaining their home and issues that they might foresee in performing those tasks in the future. The researchers also investigated the services, products, technologies, and remodeling options older adults considered or used that could help them.

The majority of responses related to difficult home maintenance tasks; nearly 70% of which were cleaning or outdoor-related tasks. Cleaning related tasks included vacuuming, tidying, changing bed linens, washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the toilet, taking out the garbage, and general cleaning. Outdoor tasks included mowing the lawn, painting the outside of the home, cleaning the gutters, or other general outdoor tasks.

An additional 16% of the difficult tasks mentioned were categorized as home upkeep. This category of tasks included HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) maintenance (e.g., changing or replacing the furnace filter), pest control, replacing light bulbs, roof replacement, and maintenance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

The study concludes that:
  • “These results present opportunities for interventions that can help older adults remain independent in their homes longer. By understanding the nature of home maintenance problems older adults encounter while aging in place, as well as their solutions for managing difficult home maintenance tasks, interventions and redesign efforts can be more effective and address the areas of greatest need. To that end, home service providers, technology developers, home designers, and senior agencies can enable aging in place.”

Home warranty companies provide home services that can address several important aspects of safely aging in place.

Proactive Attention to a Problem

A person with a plan is more apt to call for service on a small problem before the issue becomes worse, and potentially dangerous. Once on-site contractors can check other systems to ensure there are no additional issues, and fix any additional issues immediately. 

Expeditious Response Time

While it may take days for a contractor from the phone book to arrive, a home protection plan company has a defined and short response time

Careful Screening/Vetting  of Contractors

Home protection plans provide consumers access to fully-vetted, licensed and insured local contractors.  This dramatically reduces the risk related to allowing a stranger into one’s home, particularly for elderly people living alone.

Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC), an affiliate of Utility Service Partners Private Label, Inc. (USPPL), is proud to partner with LAS and Ontario municipalities to offer water line, sewer line and in-home plumbing repair plans to homeowners. Contact us to learn more about how the program can benefit your community!

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